Random Bits and Pieces


Here are a few random things that made my week special.

Fantastic Fruit:
For me, moments of indulging isn’t really a box of chocolates per se, being that I have a very low to no raw sugar diet. However, this week my life did get a bit sweeter by taking a break to delight in fresh cherries. 

With so much of the weather being up and down (mostly a heaping of warmth), it was nice to refuel my palate with refreshing bites from a fine bowl of sweet cherries. Plus the benefits of eating cherries aren't too shabby either: high in potassium, fortified with vitamins, great dose of antioxidants, low calories, etc. Read more here.

The Product:

Nothing says opulence like these stylish and sleekly designed Marc Jacobs beauty items. Appearance may not be everything in our daily lives, but for anyone who appreciates chic product and package design, they know better. Have you ever been captivated by a bottle of wine or a perfume bottle based on aesthetics alone?

Pristine packaging with a quality product is everything! Designed by the creatives of Established, the highly anticipated Marc Jacob’s 2014 fall beauty collection will launch next month in August, firstly available in NYC at Sephora stores, but actually now online for Sephora beauty insiders. The fall line includes the Twinkle Eyeshadow Stick, Kiss Pop Colour Stick, and the Smart Wand Tinted Face Stick. Stay tuned for more items from Marc Jacobs cosmetics coming soon.

The Winning Pool:

Unless you aren’t into sport at all, if you have some form of internet or have been watching the World Cup, then you’ve likely heard about the win by Germany. Although bittersweet for a few cousins, I think between my co-workers and immediate family, festivities might still be happening. Since my predictions were correct, I ended up winning a bundle from our little FIFA2014 pool at work. There were only two of us in total that won. Perhaps, I will treat myself to a pair of shoes or something soon. Did you watch the game?

The Details:
With wedding season being present, I have been helping a friend with a few different concepts for her reception. As seen below: Inspiration from decorating books, and charming miniature boxes of wedding tokens, I finally found my necklace that I thought I had misplaced, and my mini travelling trunk filled with sewing notions for those "on-the-go" crafting and alteration moments.
What was good for you this week? Were there any special moments that happened to you?

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  1. Vix Brearley09 July

    Wasn't it a fantastic match? Tonight's is very dull in comparison. Whatever happened to the Brazil and Argentina teams of the past? Well done on your win. x

  2. The game was more than amazing talk about a good game.
    It makes all other matches a lot boring especially tonight's.
    I love Cherries too and I have been having them every morning at work lately.

  3. Allie Mackin10 July

    Omg that Marc Jacobs makeup looks mindblowingly decadent!

    Allie of ALLIE NYC

  4. Hi there! I loved how cute and random this post was! I'm loving cherries as well! they are not only good for you but obviously delicious! and wow Marc' Jacobs new make up collection is stunning! I love their packaging and sleek style! I need to try them to know if the product is as good as the looks, right?
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  5. Jenmarie10 July

    I love cherries! They are so delicious and such a healthy snack. I heard about the new MJ products but had not seen the magnificence of the packaging! How gorgeous and sleek! I am so glad you share those photos :) Have fun helping with the wedding!

  6. my unfinished life10 July

    with an infant and unbearably hot summer in my city, the best thing that happened to me this week has been my nanny turning up today after 3 sick days on leave!!

  7. Hi Madison! Wow congrats on winning the pool. I knew that Germany would win ( without Neymar and the captain) but 7:1 no way! I haven't seen the match. Did the Brazilians sleep? I'm on a no sugar diet too (after I read the book title Pure, white and deadly) and I love cherries. I always eat to much and then I get stomachache. The collection looks amazing. Have a happy Thursday!

    xx Mira


  8. I cannot get enough of the summer fruit either... Cherries are my particular favourite, so I am enjoying them as long as they are affordable and around. :) And congratulations on winning! x

  9. Erika Sorocco10 July

    Seriously though...Marc Jacobs' makeup has the CUTEST packaging imaginable - love it!!


  10. Ms Madge10 July

    I must say, I have purchased items in the past (and I still do occasionally) based on aesthetics alone. I'm a wiser shopper now but still fall into that trap sometimes :) I haven't tried Marc Jacobs yet as I'm a loyal MAC and Bobbi Brown fan, but I can surely ask a cousin who works for Sephora to give me some samples. I'm rooting for Germany by the way, and look forward to the match against Argentina :D

  11. Exactly, what a match! Thanks! x

  12. Aren't they beautiful! :) xx

  13. Thanks for your comment Danielle. Yes, that was a great game with Germany & Brazil. /Madison

  14. Thanks Mira. I agree, and felt they would win too, so happy! I have a weird allergic reaction to cane sugar so I don't use much of it at all. Hope you're enjoying the rest of the week. xx

  15. I know, it's incredible being there to watch the game especially this year. My father even took off work, haha. Definitely love cherries for this time of season. Hopefully you can find some or other berries to enjoy there.

  16. Yes, I was immediately drawn to the packaging when I first saw it a week or so ago. It looks so elegant. :Thanks for your lovely comment Jenmarie. -)

  17. Oh, that's great to hear Stanislava and glad that you're having a "best" type of week. enjoy your time off! Thank you.

  18. Well, that's a good thing, glad that she turned up. I'm sure you were grateful.

  19. I love Bobbi Brown products, but don't use MAC really anymore. Can't wait to see the game!

  20. Haha, I agree! Thanks Adeola. Cherries and mixed nuts are my goto at the moment, usually crannberries, almonds, and cashews so it's nice to have a change. :)

  21. Ali Hval11 July

    Aaah! That sounds absolutely lovely. Cherries are delicious. I live a low sugar lifestyle too (yay healthy eaters! *high fives you*) so fruit is my only source of sugar. And the occasional bit of dark chocolate to keep me sane. ;)

    I had a great moment last week where I won a pair of expensive leather shoes from the internet, so that was awesome. THEY SMELL SO GOOD.

  22. minnja style11 July

    The game was amazing, I still can't believe it what's happend. Great produkcts by MJ.

    Have a great weekend. Love, Minnja


  23. I wish it were summer here, those look delicious. I would love to try Marc Jacobs makeup, I need to find a stockist here. Excited for the World Cup finals this weekend! Thanks so much for your kind visit. Have a wonderful warm weekend!

  24. BeautyUnearthly11 July

    Great review sweetheart...Thx for sharing..:-)

  25. *high five* back at you. :) Leather shoes is a great win! I LOVE leather, haha. Sounds like we both had a pretty amazing week. Thanks Ali.

  26. Sounds like a great week Madison. I've been indulging in cherries too and probably a bit too much Talenti ice cream :) Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
    xo Mary Jo

  27. Swoon! The Marc Jacobs make up packaging for the lip crayons is perfection - his range isn't freely available over here so I do hope more stores in the UK start stocking him! My sister visited NYC and brought back a whole bunch of his make up - so pretty.

  28. ….I stayed away from refined sugar for a year and I still try to avoid it. May I ask, do you avoid sugar because you don't like it or because it is not good for you?

    M J products have indeed the most beautiful packaging :)
    Mahshid مهشید


  29. Dressed with soul13 July

    Liebe Madison, solche Kirschen sind mehr als eine Sünde wert! Und jetzt hat doch gerade Goetze das Tor für die Deutschen geschossen, wir haben ja schon gar nicht mehr daran geglaubt :) Sehr spannend, ich denke, Du schaust das Spiel auch gerade an.

    Alles Liebe von Rena


  30. Liebe Rena,
    Ja, sah ich das Spiel. Was für ein tolles Spiel für die Deutschen und Götze!
    Vielen Dank! Ich wünsche Dir eine tolle neue Woche.
    Alles Liebe,
    Madison xx

  31. Marc Jacobs is marvellous, love the designs of the packaging. I was watching the world cup, was great. Cherries are one of my favourites, these look yummy. I hope you have a great week doll xx

  32. Love the Marc jacobs beauty products!!


    Style and Paper


  33. I love apricots, yes, fresh fruit is just amazing, especially during the summer months. Thanks!

  34. I can't stop eating cherries this Summer ... totally addicted!
    xx Lexi, Glitter, Inc.